Laws authorizing comprehensive supports and services for youth experiencing homelessness: 50% of metrics met
Preventing youth experiencing homelessness from coming into contact with the criminal and juvenile justice systems: 14% of metrics met
Providing unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness the opportunity to seek legal independence and live independently: 63% of metrics met
Addressing the educational needs of youth experiencing homelessness: 33% of metrics met
Allowing youth experiencing homelessness to access critical supports and services: 72% of metrics met
Systems: 17% of metrics met
Environment: 24% of metrics met
State Score 2020: 36
State Ranking 2020: 46
Idaho has not moved the needle relative to other states in any key areas, but there are some individual policies worth highlighting.
Law & Policy
The state gives minors contract rights OR allows them to enter into binding contracts for certain purposes (e.g. necessities).
The state explicitly allows unaccompanied youth under 18 to apply for health insurance coverage (without parental consent).
The state maintains a community advisory board for youth that informs youth homelessness policy.
Recommendations for Improvement
There is room for improvement across metrics for the Gem State. Laws authorizing comprehensive supports and services for youth experiencing homelessness, preventing their contact with the criminal and juvenile justice systems, addressing their educational needs, creating a statewide strategy to end homelessness that includes a youth-specific strategy, and protecting the rights and interests of youth experiencing homelessness, including LGBTQ youth, should be prioritized.
Law & Policy
The state should pass a law that funds and provides oversight and regulation to youth homelessness services.
The state should decriminalize running away as a status offense.
The state should allow shelters to take in youth experiencing homelessness with a delay or waiver of notification requirements.
The state should explicitly allow partial and alternative school credit accrual for homeless youth through regulations.
The state should create and adopt a public plan to end homelessness that includes youth (and specifically LGBTQ+ youth).
The state should create an entity – such as an Office of Youth Homelessness Services – that focuses solely on designing, implementing, and evaluating youth homelessness programs.
The state should require training about sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, healthy sexual development or issues specific to LGBTQ+ youth for staff working in RHY Systems.
The state should establish nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ+ youth in youth homelessness services.
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